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Motorcyclist killed in Sunday collision

A motorcycle rider died Sunday night when he collided with a vehicle in north Spokane, according to police.


Police: New Mexico driver fled and said, ‘I don’t think so’

A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she fled an officer during a traffic stop and told him, “I don’t think so.” Dona County court documents show …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 6:36 a.m.

‘Walk’ sign would display for pedestrians without having to push button under proposed Spokane pedestrian safety rules

The city’s reliance on automobiles leads to the inevitable interaction between motorists and pedestrians. In 2018, there were 162 collisions between pedestrians and cars in Spokane, four of which were …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Man injured after he ‘darted out into traffic’ on Sprague Avenue near Spokane Valley Costco

A man was injured Monday after running out into morning traffic on Sprague Avenue near Costco in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Boom truck snags overhead power lines in northeast Spokane, causing hundreds of power outages

A boom truck became tangled in power lines on East Broadway Avenue Thursday afternoon, leading to hundreds of power outages in northeast Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Spokane Transit’s Central City Line wins $53.4 million in federal money, fully funding the project

When up and running in 2021, the streetcar-like, fixed-route, zero-emission bus will run through the city’s core, connecting Browne’s Addition with Spokane Community College with frequent service on a 6-mile …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane sheriff’s deputy hit by SUV in north Spokane County while responding to 911 call

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, driving with his lights and siren on, was hit by an SUV at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Farwell Road on Tuesday morning.


Then and Now: Maple Street Bridge

The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet …


Explosives on truck that ran off road near Coeur d’Alene bombs, not missiles, ISP clarifies

The materials were inspected by ordnance specialists from Fairchild Air Force Base after a truck driver drove the load into a snow bank at a rest stop near Coeur d’Alene …


Study calls for removal of left-turn barrier on 29th at Pittsburg, more street connections on South Hill

A traffic study of 29th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill recommends removing a center lane barrier at Pittsburg Street and extending Crestline Street to connect with Southeast Boulevard.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

Deputies respond to back-to-back DUI incidents on Bigelow Gulch Road

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday evening after crashing his pickup truck into a ditch along Bigelow Gulch Road. When the vehicle was removed …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Northbound lanes of Maple Street Bridge closed after vehicle crashes, lands on its top

Emergency crews are working to reopen the northbound lanes of the Maple Street Bridge after a vehicle crashed and landed on its top


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

‘Seattle Squeeze’: City gears up for major highway closure

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is shutting down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods in the …


Seattle braces for highway closure, historic traffic squeeze

A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is set to shut down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods …


Woman, 72, dies in crash with semi near Sagle

A 72-year-old Bonners Ferry woman dies in a car crash on Friday near Sagle, Idaho.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

Man hospitalized after hit-and-run crash Friday night

A 64-year-old man was sent to the hospital after a hit-and-run car crash Friday night on East Trent Avenue and North Fancher Road.


Study finds some users think marijuana can sober you up enough to drive. Wrong, says the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

A new traffic study sponsored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that one out of every 10 survey respondents admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before driving.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Semi collision causes fuel leak, Sullivan Road closure in Spokane Valley

One semitrailer rear-ended another near Sullivan Park on Thursday morning, closing lanes of traffic on Sullivan Road for several hours Thursday morning.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Spokane city planners back controversial road through South Hill housing project; developer plans to fight

Jim Frank of Greenstone Homes, the firm behind the Kendall Yards development and a similar project proposed for the South Hill at 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard on the South …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 7:45 a.m.

Getting There: Yielding and merging onto freeway aren’t the same. (You should know with changes coming to I-90.)

Little known fact: Those yield signs that motorists face when joining highway traffic? They mean yield.


Then and Now: Washington Street Bridge

Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on …


Spokane has second fastest commute in Washington

When it comes to commuting, Spokane has the sec-fastest times in the state.


City agrees to move driving speed feedback sign on Maple Street amid outcry from West Central neighborhood

The sign was installed at the end of last summer at a location two blocks north of where the neighborhood wanted it. After making several pleas to move the sign …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves $300,000 road paving project with car tab fees

The work will be completed this fall to the Lower Crossing neighborhood, which has experienced washouts in recent years on the only road that leads to the small cluster of …


Car tab fees would be used to pay for paving of dirt road to small, historic neighborhood near Kendall Yards

City officials and neighbors say paving a 900-foot stretch of dirt road is necessary due to the threat of uncontrollable fires and stormwater runoff. But a citizens board tasked with …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

PIRG calls North Spokane Corridor a ‘boondoggle’

Spokane’s north-south freeway is one of nine highway projects featured in “Highway Boondoggles 4,” a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group issued in June.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mom organizes book donations for soldiers in Alaska

Mrs. C.A. Russell of Spokane had a son, Private Robert Russell, serving in Fort Gibbons, Alaska. Through him, she learned that some 200 soldiers, stationed at isolated stations in the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Off-street parking lots waived for some apartment projects in Spokane

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday night to offer an exemption from parking space requirements for some apartment complexes within city limits. The plan was pitched as a way …